The human species has developed the capacity to change the morphology of natural environments to give way to urbanization and thus shape new relationships between biological systems and technology. By the same token, it has used these relationships to dominate and manipulate the environment in order to generate progress that, from an anthropocentric perspective, has been measured for decades by economic growth. To guarantee the supplies that urban settlements need today, complex infrastructures must be built, based on colonising, extractive and linear principles in terms of the ecological materials that comprise them.
The Master in Design for Distributed Innovation (MDDI) is a distributed learning program focused on the intersection of design, technology, ecosystems and communities to improve interspecies wellbeing. MDDI combines the internationality of the Fab City Foundation with the pedagogical expertise of Fab Lab Barcelona and the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. With the support of the Fab Lab Network, the program delivers the next frontier in global education: project driven, context aware, and hands on.
The distributed learning model allows scholars to learn and practice in their own context, whilst giving access to lectures, experiences and knowledge online, delivered by a global network of experts, institutions and peers. By establishing projects within their own communities, MDDI students are part of personal and real-world transformation, while being part of a global network of change-makers who are navigating complex systems in order to bring about a paradigm shift in our current socio-economic model.